In real estate, it can be hard to sell a property if someone has been murdered in it. Just one report of paranormal activity in a house can be a nightmare for realtors trying to make a sale. Haunted restaurants however, are a bit different. In fact, typically the more reports of strange noises or moving furniture, the more people want to come to your establishment. Fortunately for hungry ghost hunters in the Valley, Phoenix is home to a number of old haunts to grab a bite to eat. If you’re looking to wine and dine with a ghost, check out these spots. They may not be Leak Cauldron level, but these haunted restaurants in Phoenix will leave you satisfied:
Following the death of his father, Philip Tovrea took over the restaurant with his newly widowed mother, Helen. Tragically, in 1953 a fire burned the place down, and they built a new one in its place. Helen Tovrea was in charge of decorations. Apparently she became so attached to the place that legend has it, her ghost still haunts Stockyard to this day. While decorating, Helen had a painting of a lady in red, hung up. It is now believed that she uses the painting as conduit with her ghost coming to life through the painting. Staff claim to have heard chatter inside the restaurant after closing. Some have even said they have seen a woman’s face in the women’s bathroom while others report seeing a woman in a red dress walking through the saloon. It could be Helen, it could also be a guest who spilled some of Stockyard’s excellent wine selection on their dress.
The Old Spaghetti Factory
Know obviously for its spaghetti and its free ice cream, this Italian eatery was also the location of two murders last century. Originally two separate properties, the Cole Mansion and the Baker house, in the 1940s, the Cole family purchased both planning to combine them into one. According to legend, a woman was shot and killed in the basement of the Baker house in the 1930’s.
Years later, someone broke in and shot and killed a man while they were sleeping. To this day there are reports from both patrons and staff of paranormal activity and it remains one the most haunted restaurants in Phoenix. Some claim that they can hear a woman sobbing, while others report hearing whispering and screaming. If you can get beyond that and the reports of moving tables, we hear the chicken parmesan sandwich is really good.
Casey Moore’s Oyster House
This Irish pub in Tempe is frequented by locals and ASU students alike. It’s not entirely clear who or what is causing the ghost-like activity at Casey’s but people have definitely taken note. Four different families living in the house across the street have reported seeing a woman in the upstairs room above the restaurant while it was supposedly empty. This is sure to be one of the most haunted restaurants around in Arizona.
Many speculate that the woman is the ghost of the restaurant’s namesake, Casey Moore. Guests report seeing a woman in outdated apparel dancing around in the bar area. Speaking of the bar, the food is to die for (perhaps literally). If you haven’t tried their oysters, you’re definitely missing out. With an A1 Whiskey list and some of the best sea food in the area, you can’t go wrong with Casey Moore’s. Bonus points if her ghost tries to eat some of your oysters.
Hob Nob Spirits
Hob Knob in West Phoenix serves up two different kids of spirits to customers who stop in. While guest enjoy a nice cocktail they also have the opportunity to toss back a few with the ghost of Helen Anderson. Helen and her husband Carl used to own Hob Nobs back when it was a residential house. Reports of paranormal activity have been so prevalent here that the staff went as far as to bringing in an investigation team.
Lon’s at Hermosa Inn Restaurant
In 1935, cowboy artist Alonzo Megargee purchased land in what is now Paradise Valley. He immediately began building his home where his displayed his art. In 1941 however, he was forced to sell the place and in 1960 Megargee passed away. Today the Hermosa Inn stands in the same location and according to guests and staff, Alonzo ‘Lon’ is also still around. Guest have seen a cowboy figure roaming around the inn who believe is Lon’s ghost. Lon is the go-to explanation for everything from toilets flushing on their own, glass breaking, and furniture being moved around. Other guests have seen a lady in pink appear near bridge dancing around. Some speculate it is one of Lon’s ex-wives.
The Jerome Grand Hotel
Located a bit outside the metro area, the Jerome Grand hotel, wasn’t always a place for visitors to spend the night. 100 years ago, the Jerome was an insane asylum where according to some estimates, over 9,000 people died. Rooms where people stay in the hotel used to literally be be psych ward rooms where mental patients were kept. The third floor in particular, home to the operating rooms, was the site of most deaths and fittingly is where most paranormal reports occur. Sounds of gurney wheels, strange ghost-like figures appearing then immediately disappearing, and bursts of light accompanied by strange noises.
Room 32 has the most complaints of paranormal-like activity. It was formerly a patient room with a balcony that is said to have housed multiple patients who committed suicide. If you need a place to stay and feel like John Cusack-ing it, book your trip the Jerome hotel now.